A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The animals are usually willing to follow Otis' whims without question. One female character who verbally disagrees with his opinions (often, sensibly so) is portrayed as smart-mouthed and rude. Potty humor is popular, as when the animals use a pig's flatulence to fly a hot air balloon. Otis often uses schemes and tricks to persuade his friends to follow his lead.
Violence & Scariness
Typical cartoon violence (knocks to the head, collisions between characters), but it doesn't result in injury. The animals also walk away unscathed from occasional peril (like a hot air balloon plummeting to the ground).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the mischief in this animated series -- which is based on the raucous movie Barnyard -- is slightly tamer than in the big-screen version, which included drinking, joyriding, getting chased by cops, and more. But ringleader Otis (a male cow who, inexplicably, has udders) still plots, schemes, and tricks his comrades into following his selfish, often-devious plans. Those plans sometimes lead to peril (a plummeting hot air balloon) or cartoonish violence (knocks to the head, etc.), but no one is ever injured.
Is It Any Good?
While Back at the Barnyard is, on the whole, tamer than its big-screen predecessor (there's no insinuation of drinking or gambling in this version), it's still sends some iffy messages to kids. Otis often coerces his peers into following his lead or schemes with them to pull one over on the Farmer. And no matter how extreme the trouble they get into, they always manage to work their way out of it -- and back into one another's good graces -- within each episode's 30-minute window. Perhaps most eyebrow-raising of all are the misconceptions kids might develop about barnyard animals -- not so much because they talk and walk upright, but because, once again, Otis the male cow sports a protruding set of udders. A biology lesson this is not, so be sure to correct the (hopeful) oversight for your kids.
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